Give an Hour Receives $1.6 Million for Veterans' Mental Health

Give an Hour, a nonprofit that provides confidential mental health services to members of the military, veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and their families, has announced a $1.6 million grant from United Health Foundation.

Awarded through UHF's Helping Build Healthier Communities program, the grant will be used by Give an Hour to expand its mental healthcare system and recruit additional licensed mental health professionals in Houston, Texas, and Tacoma, Washington. The organization also will work with its partners to raise awareness of agencies and other organizations that provide culturally competent counseling, create a comprehensive mental health resource list, and address barriers to treatment, such as affordability, stigma, and access to transportation.

"No single organization can provide all of the care that our service members and their families need and deserve," said Give an Hour founder and president Barbara Van Dahlen. "And one size doesn't fit all when it comes to addressing the invisible wounds of war such as post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. Through this generous grant from United Health Foundation, Give an Hour will work with our partners in Houston to expand services and, most importantly, coordinate care for our military and veteran families. Together we will ensure that those who serve are aware of and have access to appropriate and effective support, and mental health care."